UM-R60 Urbanmech for Battletech

$8.74

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The UrbanMech was designed for just what its name suggests, urban combat and defense. This was achieved by starting with a cheap, easily-produced chassis, giving it six tons Durallex armor to rival the protection found on many medium-weight BattleMechs, and mounting a pair of Pitban 6000 jump jets for a jumping distance of 60 meters. The trade-off was that it could only mount the miserable Leenex 60 engine, making the UrbanMech the slowest light 'Mech in existence with a cruising speed of 21 km/h and top speed of only 32.4 km/h. This was a severe disadvantage if the 'Mech attempted to fight in open country - something for only the foolish or desperate - but off-set by the fact that fighting in the close confines of a Star League city left little room to maneuver anyways and the UrbanMech's low profile made it difficult to target. Thus the 'Mech was primarily used for fighting guerrillas and other light 'Mechs in an urban environment, an arena where it also achieved some success fighting medium and even heavy-weight 'Mechs. Standard tactics for an UrbanMech lance was to split up into its constituent parts and occupy various buildings in order to snipe the enemy before falling back to the next defensive line.

Large numbers of UrbanMechs were produced by Orguss Industries from 2675 until the destruction of their assembly lines. UrbanMechs were also produced up through the mid-3081 at the Betelgeuse facility of Hellespont Industrials. As such, UrbanMechs could be found in all of the armies of the Successor States. However most military leaders saw the slow little 'Mech as a liability, confining their stockpiles to garrison duty or stripping them of parts. This dismissive attitude towards the UrbanMech saved it from the ravages of the Succession Wars and ensured its continued use into the thirty-first century. The Capellan Confederation remained the largest and only user of UrbanMechs to actually deploy them for front-line duty, a result of the devastation of the Fourth Succession War and their desperation for any 'Mech to replenish their losses. The Confederation Reserve Cavalry and Capellan Defense Force had the lion's share of UrbanMechs, followed by the Tikonov Republican Guard and St. Ives Armored Cavalry; outside the Confederation the Federated Suns' Capellan March Militia fielded the largest number of UrbanMechs thanks to the fact it was mostly composed of captured Capellan equipment. Its prominence within the Confederation meant the UrbanMech was among those 'Mechs within the CCAF to receive upgrades following the recovery of lostech; the other States followed suit with much less priority over improving other 'Mechs. Despite this the sheer costs necessary to replace the UrbanMech's engine and increase its top speed meant even the Confederation limited their refit packages to improving the weapons and armor only.

Model is printed in a grey resin and supplied with a base.

Mech design by Matt Mason.

Reviews (5)

Average:

The Urbanmech arrived in excellent condition - make sure to be careful with the fragile antennae


Fantastic quality, all details clearly defined, safely packaged with even the little antennae arriving intact! Perfect models


This was part of an order of 4. Original order misplaced by Courier. Great comms from Paul, who helped resolve the issue and replaced the models like for like. Hassle free and would very much recommend. I will certainly be buying from again! Model quality is spot on!


Superb miniature, the detail is amazing and I'm very happy with my purchase. The item was packaged very well and I can't wait to paint it.


Solid little mini, detail really comes across after an undercoat and for the price it's well worth it. Special note should be made to the packaging for keeping the fragile antenna intact and for the seller for mentioning to be careful when opening the bubble wrap.